Daily Memo: The Chinese Communist Party’s New Rules, Azerbaijan’s Latest Target

The Chinese president could tighten his control over top governing bodies if the new rules are passed.

Xi tightens his grip. New draft rules from the Chinese Communist Party released this week will strengthen President Xi Jinping’s control over the party’s top governing bodies. Among other changes, the general secretary will have exclusive power to set the agendas of the all-important Politburo and the Politburo Standing Committee, and acquire greater control over the Central Committee – another place we watch closely for signs of dissent. The rules will formally be put to a vote at the annual party plenum at the end of the month. Baku targets an Armenian weapons system. Azerbaijan destroyed an Armenian missile system equipped with ballistic missiles near Kelbajar, a district on the border of the restive region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry. Azerbaijani authorities say the weapons were aimed at Ganja, Mingachevir and other cities in Azerbaijan; Armenia says it has the right to strike any military facility in Azerbaijan. Economic projections. The International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook October report projects that global growth will contract in 2020 by 4.4 percent, a slightly more positive forecast than was expected in June. Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from G-20 countries will meet on Wednesday to coordinate economic recovery measures. […]

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